Transmission problems are one issue that no vehicle owner wants to experience. The transmission and engine are usually the two most expensive components to fail on a vehicle, so either one is bad news. Still, not all transmission repairs are expensive and early diagnosis can sometimes save you thousands of dollars in additional costs. These are a few signs that your transmission is going bad and should be inspected by a qualified mechanic.
A transmission is not supposed to leak fluid, so at any sign of leakage the vehicle should be inspected. Transmissions require the proper level of the specified fluid to operate, and driving the vehicle while the fluid is low may result in expensive damage to the transmission. A transmission fluid leak is usually easy to identify as the fluid is bright red in color (or dark red if it needs to be changed).
Modern, automatic transmissions should shift smoothly. A transmission that is shifting roughly between gears, or that is making noise when it shifts, is showing signs of trouble and should be inspected by a mechanic as soon as possible.
The transmission should immediately engage when you put it in gear. A transmission that is slow to engage in either drive or reverse is showing signs of failure. When a transmission is engaging slowly you may have to wait several seconds after putting it in gear before you can drive.
A transmission that is slipping is also showing signs of going bad. Slipping may be evidenced by a lack of acceleration, or by the sound of the engine suddenly growing louder as you are driving at a steady speed. Slipping is yet another sign that a transmission may be about to fail.
Transmission repair or replacement is often an expensive repair, but sometime an early diagnosis and repair can prevent complete failure and save you a lot of money. Any time your transmission is showing signs of trouble you should have it inspected by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible.
At AV Bumper to Bumper, we offer a full range of auto repair services, including transmission repair and replacement. Contact us today at 661-949-1999 to schedule an appointment for your vehicle.